I need to rationalize posting this photo I took of a Benefit (as in the cosmetics) water bowl by mentioning something more substantial, so here goes: TIME.com reported today that Petland chain stores will be phasing out the sale of puppies and kittens in its Canadian stores (but not in the U.S.). Animal rights groups see this move as a benefit (see how I brought that around) to their cause because it will ideally “bring more attention to rescue pets and pet overpopulation.”
I get that halting sales will help boost adoptions, but I don’t understand how stopping the sales of pets at high-profile mall locations will help control the pet population (non-existent assistant, could you get Bob Barker on the phone please?). I mean, aren’t doggies in the window basically advertising that there are pets out there that need homes? Oh wait, maybe because breeders breed more animals so they can sell them to pet stores? Oh right, right…puppy mills. Boo. Anyway, Petland peeps say that the move is actually a business decision, as more people are buying pets via that Internet thing we’re using right now. Oh, and Petland is still running their Adopt-A-Pet program.
And now back to cute. TIME.com also posted a video of “the cutest dog in the world” yesterday, a Pomeranian named Boo, who has over 1.6 million Facebook “likes.” He’s so cute that he got a book deal — “Boo: The Life of the World’s Cutest Dog” was released this July. I’m allergic to dogs and cats, but I love me a cute furry thing. I hope they’ll be making Boo muffles — with his face in the front, and then you stick your hands in his ears to keep your hands warm — I would so buy that! Or at least write about it. And now back to sneezing out rubber-cement-looking goobers.